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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Subaru Legacy 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  59 Legacys, 3.1 months of data per Legacy, average 2900 miles

 

2015 Honda Accord 16
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  75 Accords, 7.2 months of data per Accord, average 6700 miles
2015 Subaru Legacy 31
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  159 Legacys, 8.7 months of data per Legacy, average 8900 miles

 

2014 Honda Accord 15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  128 Accords, 9.9 months of data per Accord, average 17500 miles
2014 Subaru Legacy 19
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  76 Legacys, 9.8 months of data per Legacy, average 21000 miles

 

2013 Honda Accord 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  143 Accords, 9.5 months of data per Accord, average 29500 miles

Redesigned.
2013 Subaru Legacy 21
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  119 Legacys, 9.9 months of data per Legacy, average 35300 miles

 

2012 Honda Accord 11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Accords, 7.7 months of data per Accord, average 40100 miles
2012 Subaru Legacy 28
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  106 Legacys, 10.0 months of data per Legacy, average 45700 miles

 

2011 Honda Accord 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 69900 miles
2011 Subaru Legacy 32
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  129 Legacys, 10.2 months of data per Legacy, average 60500 miles

 

2010 Honda Accord 31
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 65700 miles

Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years.
2010 Subaru Legacy 37
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  96 Legacys, 9.8 months of data per Legacy, average 70500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Honda Accord 35
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 83200 miles

Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years.
2009 Subaru Legacy 75
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 83100 miles

Common problems with CV joint boots, and possibly also wheel bearings.

 

2008 Honda Accord 30
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  85 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 81200 miles

Redesigned. Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years--now running out.
2008 Subaru Legacy 103
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  62 Legacys, 9.7 months of data per Legacy, average 96100 miles

Common problems with wheel bearings and CV joint boots.

 

2007 Honda Accord 43
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  102 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 106100 miles
2007 Subaru Legacy 104
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 91900 miles

Common problem with wheel bearings. Also, head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2006 Honda Accord 33
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  74 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 115000 miles
2006 Subaru Legacy 75
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Legacys, 9.2 months of data per Legacy, average 99500 miles

Muliple reports of problems with head gaskets, cv joint boots, sway bar links, and wheel bearings.

 

2005 Honda Accord 43
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 131700 miles
2005 Subaru Legacy 82
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  88 Legacys, 9.1 months of data per Legacy, average 112700 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most common problems involve struts, wheel bearings, steering pump, CV joints.

 

2004 Honda Accord 53
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  75 Accords, 8.1 months of data per Accord, average 140200 miles
2004 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Legacys, 8.3 months of data per Legacy, average 142600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Honda Accord 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Accords, 8.7 months of data per Accord, average 146200 miles

Redesigned. Has long had a higher repair frequency than other model years.
2003 Subaru Legacy 100
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Legacys, 9.8 months of data per Legacy, average 146800 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2002 Honda Accord 72
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 148600 miles
2002 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Legacys, 9.5 months of data per Legacy, average 159600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2001 Honda Accord 57
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Accords, 8.1 months of data per Accord, average 170500 miles
2001 Subaru Legacy 99
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Legacys, 7.7 months of data per Legacy, average 180400 miles

Head gaskets are a common expensive problem with older Subarus.

 

2000 Honda Accord 87
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Accords, 5.1 months of data per Accord, average 163300 miles
2000 Subaru Legacy   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Legacys, 5.1 months of data per Legacy, average 159400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Subaru Legacy vs. Honda Accord Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Subaru Legacy

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
We keep cars for 10 years or more. I expect to drive this one for the next 15.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed shiftable CVT AWD
You see many Subarus still on the road. I have heard many stories of these vehicles still running great with high mileage.
2010 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
Had the previous model. I never had any problems, it was a solid car, as all Subarus seem to be.
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
6-speed manual AWD
subaru has been using the same basic engine design for years. the design is tested and proven to be very durable.
2009 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Like most Japanese cars the Subaru is known for being reliable and durable. I have owned this vehicle for just over a year and with the exception of a leaky transmission line (assembly error) it has only required regular maintenance.
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 243hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
proven engine and awd
2008 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
I beat the piss out of my car - but it still keeps coming back for more. The only problem I had was a wheel bearing going bad. This was fixed under warranty.
2007 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Low maintenance, tough enough to base a heavy duty version of the car, think Outback, will go hundreds of thousands of miles if you just remember to do the recommended maintenance.
2006 4dr Wagon turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Here in Canada, we see extremes in temperatures. It gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. You need a car that is built tough.
2006 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Very dependable.
Subaru Legacy Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.5L H4
5-speed manual AWD
Many more problems than any other Subaru I have owned. Lots of fit and finish issues along with failing wheel bearings and bad fuel injectors.
2002 4dr Wagon 165-horsepower 2.5L H4
4-speed automatic AWD
Annual repairs have nearly doubled price paid for vehicle; substantial engine problems; none of the 4 recalls addressed engine issues.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
It's been fairly reliable. I have put nearly 80,000 miles and so far I have only had to deal with brakes.
2012 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Our past Hondas have been the most reliable cars we've owned. I would expect the Accord Coupe to be much more reliable long-term than the Volkswagen.
2011 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Now approaching 140,000 miles and other than 2 sets of tires, only cost has been maintenance as called for by Miantenance Minder. I drove an 2008 Accord to 150,000 and passed on to a family member with similar experience (although brakes had been replaced).
2010 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Reputation....Still new I have no personal experience
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Wife had an Accord from 2000 and very little ever went wrong with it until it dropped the transmission July 2009. No brainer to get another one to serve as the every-day family car.
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After owning and repairing many European cars, it is comforting to know that the Accord is much more likely than not to have extraordinary reliability and durability. It is a calming feeling.
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
I drove each of my Accords for more than 14 years with no major repairs.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
It is my 6th Honda. % previous ones gave no reason to suspect anything down the road.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Amazing reliability track record
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Consumer Reports and many owner reviews confirm the Accord is a reliable car, maintaining its pluses even after high mileage.
Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
window and trunk rattles
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
My issue with the accord is at 38,000 miles I was told I had a broken motor mount. I am not sure why or how a broken motor mount would occur in under 3 years of ownership. I found that annoying because the car was maintained and not beaten on and this happens. Nothing better than coughing up $700.00 just before your child is born.
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Another issue I had was around 60,000 miles, I had to replace the power steering pump. I heard this whine sound from under my hood and next thing I know, I am coughing up another $500 to replace the pump. I had all the fluids changed when recommended and this still happened. Between the motor mount and power steering pump, I have spent $1300 more on this accord than I did on my 99 Camry.
2006 2dr Coupe 244-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
This car has been at the dealer almost once every couple of months, it feels like the car is just falling apart in my hands. Just the other day the power window controls fell out of the door. The transmission sometimes refuses to go into gear from Park
2005 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Long ago, someone warned me of Honda batteries being way too small. And what do you know, I did end up putting five batteries into our Accord over ten years. One of them, the alernator fried it. Another one just puked flat dead. Three others developed bad cells, always in hot weather. We live in high desert, we expect somewhat shorter battery life, but a battery every two years is too much. We've just bought a new Civic; this time I'll just plan on swapping batteries about every 24 months.
2003 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
cold start valve or cylinder slap after 53K miles
2002 2dr Coupe 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought the car so I could drive it, change the oil, and keep driving it. But from faulty fog lights, worn radio controls, two transmissions, two alternators, and numerous rattles, I have not reached my goal of maintenance-free driving and quality.